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The ConToy Trust is also donating $5,000 per year for handicapped youth programs to be held at the arena. The money already allowed for a special rodeo in May attended by dozens of children who learned to rope and ride, square dance and sing cowboy songs.

Branch and Dinah Cox of Fairview donated a groomer to keep the arena floor supple and level. Thomas says the arena dirt is some of the finest and softest soil a cowboy could hope to be pitched into.

Most recently, the Skyline Mine in Carbon County has donated several lengths of pipe, and $500 to complete the cattle pens on the south side of the arena, at the behest of Skyline Director Wes Sorenson who lives in nearby Spring City. The pipe is much heavier than the gauge commonly used in such enclosures and will stand up to abuse by the strongest and meanest of bulls. In fact, the pens could probably contain angry elephants.

Skyline Mine Director Wes Sorensen of Spring City (redhead) and Mt. Pleasant City Councilman Reed Thomas (white striped shirt) inspect new cattle pens being constructed for the ConToy Arena in Mt. Pleasant, Utah on Thursday, Sept. 16. The project is being completed by local volunteers with heavy duty pipe donated by Sorensen and Skyline Mine, in Carbon County. Thomas said the pens, which will stand up to “the rankest of bulls” will make the arena more inviting to bull riding associations and other organizations which might want to hold events at the arena. Photographs by Christian Probasco

For the near future, Thomas says he expects to see another equestrian training program started sometime over the winter. He is also getting the arena on the statewide circuit for ranch roping, team sorting, team penning, bull riding, barrel racing and mounted shooting competitions.

Beginning in December, the arena will host a monthly jackpot team roping competition. In March a team roping school with a PRCA instructor will open at the arena.

The arena will also host a Christmas craft fair and general auction in December, a statewide archery contest in February and a statewide cow cutting competition next April.

Thomas is enthusiastic about a map of local horse trails the county’s Department of Economic Development and Travel and Heritage Council are putting together. The map should be ready by spring. It’s Thomas’s hope that equestrian tour businesses will base their operations out of the facilities at the arena.

The ConToy Arena is located at 955 W. 1000 South in Mt. Pleasant. For more information on the arena and upcoming events, call (435) 427-0561 or go to http://sanpitcharena.com/.

For more information on the Sanpete County Travel and Heritage Council in Manti, call 435-835-6877 or 1-800-281-4346 or go to www.sanpete.com/pages/travel.

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